The Founders limited "treason" in the Constitution due to grave concerns it would be weaponized to criminalize dissent: exactly how the term is now routinely used.
Tulsi Gabbard should consider it a badge of honor that a draft-dodging, deep-state puppet like Romney would call her a traitor -- it only shows she is over the target. Romney is a pathetic representation of the past and Gabbard is the future.
I guess instead of writing about this today, I'll just link to your post. Awesome as usual!
Long-time readers will note the eerie similarity to the build-up to the Iraq war.
Never bring Mittens to a street fight.
The second I saw Tulsi annihilate Lil' Mitts after his pathetic attempt to check her, I put my popcorn in the microwave and waited for Glenn's article like a kid on Christmas Eve haha
Hillary called her a Russian asset. Hillary was pissed at Tulsi for telling the truth. Hilldawg sold (approved as SoS) our uranium to Russia in return for speaking engagements for her rapist husband. Hillary puts rhe ASS in Russian asset.
We don't, as a country, even understand the first amendment, how can we possibly understand the correct use of the word 'treason'?
Mr. Draft Dodger Romney has a lot of nerve calling LtC. Gabbard treasonous. The filthy coward.
Well Glenn, you are a right-wing fanatical nutjob aren't you? Why can't everybody be committing treason left and right? This follows up excellently with Matt's article about the new whataboutism and how we are truly living through 1984 in the here and now!
Clown world is as clown world does. That is our new world.
Romney is a Republican John Kerry. Both are repulsive snakes, and not even of the in the grass variety. Lacking anything remotely resembling character, they reliably act in pure self-interest.
I prefer the words of an honorable person who has, to my knowledge, always told the truth as she sees it, to the words of an admitted liar who says what people want to hear in order to garner votes.
I do not agree with many, if not most of Tulsi Gabbard’s political views but I believe her to be an honorable person. I would vote for her for political office.
Mitt Romney has shown himself to be devoid of honor.
People like Romney and Liz Cheney pontificating about treason and patriotism remind me of atheists wielding out of context Bible verses.
The misappropriation of the word “treason” with the intent to attack, defame, and marginalize those with whom you disagree is dangerous for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is diluting its purpose and utility in describing a person’s behavior. Much like constantly and inappropriately using “racism”, “white supremacy”, and “[fill in the blank]-phobia”, it escalates things to the point where there is nowhere to go, attenuates the meaningfulness of the terms, and leaves us with precious little to describe and characterize actual malicious and malignant behaviors.
And it’s intellectually lazy. Those levying this type of spurious accusations do so to avoid engaging the argument, either because they can’t (due to a dearth of knowledge and intellectual capacity) or because it is simply expedient not to (i.e., the insult is the entirety of the point).
I find this case, though, morally objectionable. Unless these grandstanding assclowns have taken the oath, put on the uniform, and stood a watch, they can fuck all the way off.
I agree with Glenn that being a service member does not put you beyond reproach. In fact, I think it necessarily raises expectations regarding a person’s conduct. That said, those leveling an accusation like this against a former or current service member better come armed with receipts.
Absent those receipts, people like Senator Romney should simply be grateful to those protecting their First Amendment rights (potentially with their lives), opt to exercise those rights more judiciously and responsibly, and afford those they would attack the courtesy of expressing themselves without baseless, classless, mindless, sanctimonious, and chickenshit accusations. They don’t deserve them, people like Senator Romney shouldn’t make them, and we don’t want to hear them, particularly from people like Senator Romney.
"If there is any one overarching, defining hallmark of a tyrannical culture, it is the refusal to tolerate any dissent from or questioning of official government policy, and to criminalize such dissent by equating it with treason. Indeed, many of the same Americans who are doing exactly this love to flamboyantly express horror as Russia does the same against its own war opponents.
It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find any despot in history who does not weaponize accusations of “treason" against dissidents as a central instrument for control. That U.S. discourse has now descended completely to that level is barely debatable. Just look at the last forty-eight hours of treason accusations against Gabbard, to say nothing of the last six years of liberal anti-Trump mania, to see how acceptable and reflexive such behavior has become."
Hermann Goering had some practical life experience in such matters, and this is what he said when he was waiting to be executed after Nuremberg:
"We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction.
'Why, of course, the people don't want war,' Goering shrugged. 'Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.'
'There is one difference,' I pointed out. 'In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.'
'Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.'"
FOUR draft deferments were sought and granted to this coward POS. How he can call anyone treasonous is one for the books. Anyone who votes for this slug needs to have their head examined. One of the lowest slime bags in public life.
I mean, it's a little hard to admit that I voted for this turd Romney, but i've since been disabused of the notion that he is harmless. Another agent of the uniparty - the war party.
A lot of curious silence about this from the people who told us for years that Trump will arrest journalists because he's a fascist and that's what fascists do.
Gabbard is a very competent person of high integrity and not a swamp thing like most politicians. She is a prime candidate to be the first woman president of the US, and she would make a great one. As a result, she is also a prime target for smear by the left. The left could never win an election without smear tactics and cheating, so it has begun with Gabbard.